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Nearly All of California’s Continuums of Care Will Use An App for Mobile Devices to Complete Their 2022 Unsheltered Homeless Count

By Joe Colletti, PhD

CoCs are using technology to transform homeless count data collection CoCs can shape homeless count data into dynamic local databases over the coming years through the use of other technology…

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Almost Half of California’s Continuums of Care Changed Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Software Vendors Between 2015 and 2021

By Joe Colletti, PhD

Changes in HMIS Software Vendors Happened Prior to Significant State Changes in HMIS Program Data Reporting Requirements    Continuums of Care and HMIS Software Vendors Need to Keep Pace With…

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HUD is Incentivizing Continuums of Care (CoCs) to Conduct an Unsheltered Point-in-Time (PIT) Count in 2022 Through the Recently Released 2021 CoC Program Grant Application

By Joe Colletti, PhD

Nearly half of California’s 44 CoCs do not Conduct Unsheltered Counts during even number years 16 of 23 Northern California CoCs; 3 of 8 Central California CoCs; and 2 of…

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Dying Homeless on the Streets of Los Angeles County

By Joe Colletti, PhD

The reality of Los Angeles County’s homelessness crisis is a body count  Nearly four persons a day died homeless on the Streets of Los Angeles County during 2020  Furthering the…

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Secretaries of Veteran Affairs and HUD Announced they are Mobilizing (their) strength to do Everything in (their) power to end Veteran Homelessness and California Should Announce the Same

By Joe Colletti, PhD

California’s 44 Continuums of Care Should Echo the Announcement and do Everything in their Power to Finish Ending Veteran Homelessness in their Jurisdictions  Local Data Throughout California Reveals the Goal…

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All of California’s 44 Continuums of Care Should Conduct an Unsheltered Point-in-Time (PIT) Count and Survey in January 2022 to Help Understand the Impact of the Pandemic on Homelessness

By Joe Colletti, PhD

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Unsheltered Homelessness Needs to be Informed by 2022 State-wide, Regional, and Local Unsheltered PIT Counts.  HUD does not require CoCs to Conduct an…

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